By Luke Lavan, William Bowden

Can principles and ways present in mainstream archaeology be made to paintings within the conservative international of classical archaeology? This quantity seeks to discover theoretical frameworks, technique and box perform fitted to the overdue vintage Mediterranean. vast subject matters corresponding to long term switch, topography, the economic system and social lifestyles are lined, yet when it comes to particular matters and evidential difficulties presently being tackled via students of past due antiquity. This ebook may be valuable to scholars and researchers looking to enhance their techniques to Mediterranean ancient archaeology and to an individual wishing to own an summary of the present country of overdue vintage archaeology.

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Van Ossel and Ouzoulias (2000). Carrié (1997). archaeology and late antique social structures 29 Fig. 1. Langmauerbezirk (Van Ossel P. (1992) 95 fig. 3). For fig. 2 see plates. 30 jean-pierre sodini Houses and Residences We are in better position to get some idea of the wealth of the upper classes when we examine their houses. During recent decades, archaeologists have added some splendid discoveries to the known series of Late Roman imperial residences, which set the fashion for this ‘architettura di potenza’.

46 jean-pierre sodini ‘middle’ class. Some social differentiation is shown within the graves, but wealthy people are absent. Archaeology in Turkey has also revealed settlements that may be representative of the habitations of the middle classes. These are sometimes labelled as towns, and include, for example, Mokissos and also Levisi. Part of this last site is clustered on the island of Aghios Nikolaos and is known to have been a bishopric during the reign of Heraclius. 60 These latter settlements are reminiscent of the huge villages of Brad and el Bara in the limestone massif in northern Syria and those in the Negev.

Shops participating in the same activities tend to be clustered together, reminding us of the presence of the thriving craftsmen’s guilds, who seem to have been particularly influential at Sardis where a violent strike in 459 was ended by a sworn declaration of the builders’ corporation. The discovery within the shops of objects decorated with crosses or with menorahs probably indicates that the shopkeepers belonged to two communities: the Jews around the synagogue and the Christians further to the west.

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